Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA) Director-General Robert Mutegi Njue has urged pedestrians to exercise safety as they cross the Likoni channel on the newly built Liwatoni floating footbridge. – By Gerald Gekara.
The newly inaugurated DG was speaking while crossing the 1.2 Kilometer detachable bridge that was opened to the public on Christmas 25, 2020.
He urged the Kenya Highways Authority to carefully monitor the activities of pedestrians so as they would not get caught up in the bridge collapsing process.
Kenya Maritime Authority is the semi-autonomous agency in charge of regulatory oversight over the Kenyan maritime industry. Maritime safety and security is one of the Authority’s core functions.
Kenyans have applauded the government and its contractor China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) for the timely solution to the congested ferry crossing.
Locals who moved their businesses to the area have expressed confidence that the bridge will boost their fortunes as well as uplift their quality of life.
The floating bridge serves as a temporary solution to avoid crowding at the Likoni ferry boats, operated by the Kenya Ferry Services.
The sea link, the first of its kind in East Africa, will take up most of the foot traffic across the Kilindini Channel by linking Liwatoni on Mombasa island with Ras Bofu in Likoni mainland.